December 20, 2014

Bacteria, Unsanitary Conditions Prompt FDA to Halt Production at Neptune Manufacturing

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An eight-year track record of food safety violations including positive tests for Listeria and failure to control for Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria which causes botulism,  has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to halt production at Neptune Manufacturing, Inc.  a producer of smoked and pickled seafood products in Los Angeles. Since 2006, the FDA has conducted seven inspections of the facility. Each time, investigators found unsanitary conditions. On four occasions, they found Listeria, and on three visits found "a failure to control for Clostridium botulinum." “When a company and its owners repeatedly violate the same food safety procedures, their failure to improve their processes and clean up their facility endangers the public,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, … [Read more...]

Bruno’s Best Products Recalled in Canada for Possible Botulism

Bruno's Best Smoked Oysters Botulism Recall

Vancouver Coastal Health has issued a public safety advisory, warning consumers not to consume Bruno's Best ready to eat seafood products because they could be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin. During an inspection, it was discovered that the products were not processed using a validated method consistent with food safety standards. Four different varieties of fish products sold under the brand name "Bruno's Best" have been recalled. They were sold at Finest at Sea Ocean Product's 4675 Arbutus and 1805 Mast Tower, Granville Island Locations in Vancouver, British Columbia, between June 1 and October 7, 2014. The recalled products are Bruno's Best BC Octopus Conserva, Bruno's Best House Smoked BC Sardines, Bruno's Best House Smoked Pacific Oysters, and Bruno's Best Tuna … [Read more...]

In Canada, Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recalled for Botulism

Williams-Sonoma Pesto Botulism Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Williams-Sonoma are recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum toxin. No illnesses have been reported in relation to the consumption of this product. Botulism toxin cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. It does not affect the taste or texture of food, but a tiny amount can cause paralysis and death. The recalled product is Williams-Sonoma brand Pumpkin Seed Pesto in 227 gram containers. The code on the product is Best Before January 2016 and the SKU numbers are 6404305 and 6389043. The product was sold in Alberta and Ontario at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a closed or double bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Symptoms of … [Read more...]

In Canada, Madeleine Tomalley Spread Recalled for Botulism

Madeleine Tomalley Botulism Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Fruits de Mer Madeleine Inc. are recalling Tomalley Spread because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Tomalley is the substance in a lobster that serves as its liver and pancreas. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Madeleine brand Tomalley Spread in 80 gram containers. There is no code on the product. The UPC number is 6 87090 30020 5. It was sold in Quebec at the retail level. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a closed or double-bagged container or return to the place of purchase for a refund. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a toxin that can cause paralysis and death. It is tasteless, colorless, and odorless. … [Read more...]

Dried Fish Recalled for Botulism Risk

Dried Roach Botulism Recall

S&S FOod Import is recalling Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla), a dried fish, because it was not properly eviscerated and may pose a risk of botulism toxin. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The recalled product is Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) with Best Before date of 06.05.2015. The product was sold nationwide in 5 kilogram boxes. It was sampled by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and found to be improperly processed. The sale of uneviscerated processed fish is prohibited under state regulations. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing, and respiratory paralysis. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, see a … [Read more...]

Tullia’s Recalls Pasta Sauce for Possible Botulism Risk

Tulias Pasta Sauce Botulism Recall

Tullia's is recalling its Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce because a records review by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed that one batch of the sauce had a pH level high enough to allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria can produce a toxin that causes serious and possibly fatal foodborne illness. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled product is Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce with code 530140. It is packaged in 16 ounce and 32 ounce clear glass bottles with white caps. The code is on the label in blue ink. This is the only code that is recalled. It was sold in the following markets in the Spokane, Washington area: Rosauer’s; Yoke’s; Egger’s (West Rosewood); Trading Company Stores (Spokane); Main Market; and Albertson’s (Wandermere … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak in Western Alaska

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According to Alaska Dispatch News, state officials are investigating a botulism outbreak in Western Alaska. Two people have been sickened and one person died after eating a meal of fermented fish heads. The patients lived in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Samples of food are being tested, and samples from people who have been sick are being examined for the botulinum toxin. If the death is confirmed as from botulism poisoning, it will be the first death in that state from botulism since 2007. The person who died complained of seeing double and feeling sick after eating the fish. Botulism toxin is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria grows in anaerobic (no oxygen) conditions, such as in canned low-acid foods. A tiny amount of the toxin is enough to kill a person. … [Read more...]

Corfinio Foods Products Recalled for Possible Botulism

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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers not to eat any canned soups or sauces made by Corfinio Foods of Richmond because they were improperly processed. That means they are susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria produces a toxin that can cause illness and death. Corfinio Foods has suspended production of all of its canned soups and sauces, and the firm is working with officials to come into compliance with state requirements. There have been no reported illnesses to date associated with the consumption of these products. The soups and sauces are packaged in glass, mason style jars with metal screw on lids. They were sold at Brandermill Green Market. All of the products are marked with the Corfinio Foods label. … [Read more...]

Botulism Outbreak Linked to Chili Sauce Sickened 8

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

Recalled jarred sauces made by VR Greens have hospitalized two people in Ohio with botulism poisoning. The products, which included pesto sauce, tomato sauce and pasta sauce were not properly processed. Botulism, a severe, sometimes fatal, form of food poisoning caused by ingesting a nerve toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is rare. Less than 30 cases of foodborne botulism are reported annually in the United States. Most botulism outbreaks are caused by home-canned foods that are improperly processed, but some have been linked to commercially-produced foods. Outbreaks have been linked to canned salmon, smoked fish, Italian olives, bottled garlic and baby food. Restaurant foods including sauteed onions, chopped bottled garlic, potato salad and baked potatoes have also … [Read more...]

Recalled VR Greens Products Associated with Botulism Outbreak

VR Green Farms Botulism Recall

Two people in Ohio are hospitalized with botulism poisoning associated with recalled VR Greens products. The recall, issued last week, said that the jarred foods were not properly processed, which increase the risk of Clostridium botulinum bacterial growth. The bacteria produces a toxin that causes serious illness and death with just a tiny amount. At the time of the recall, the FDA mentioned that two people were ill, but we did not know whether they lived. According to Cleveland.com, both patients were on ventilators. One person is recovering, but the other is still on the ventilator  and was transferred to a long-term care facility. There are only about 30 cases of foodborne botulism every year in the United States. Most cases are from home-canned food. Testing by the Cincinnati … [Read more...]

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